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Gustav: Support needed

From INCITE: Women of Color against Violence


 Your Support Needed!


August 30, 2008

On the eve of the 3 year anniversary of the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and subsequent government criminal negligence and assaults on the low income people of color on the Gulf Coast, our sisters from INCITE! projects in New Orleans (including the local chapter, the Women's Health and Justice Initiative, and the New Orleans Women's Health Clinic) are bracing for the potential landfall of Hurricane Gustav, which is currently projected to hit the Louisiana coast on Monday or Tuesday at a category 4 or 5. Voluntary evacuation of New Orleans has already begun, and mandatory evacuation could be declared as early as today.

INCITE! organizers and supporters in New Orleans have made over 700 phone calls to women of color and their families that make up the constituency of the New Orleans Women's Health Clinic, workiYour assistance is urgently needed to help low-income women of color and their families evacuate safely if need be, stay safe for the duration of the evacuation, and return to the city as soon as possible so as not to fall prey to the pushout that has kept so many folks from being able to return to New Orleans since Katrina. Local organizers are using whatever resources and funds at their disposal to help women and their families evacuate, bond people being held in Orleans Parish Prison out, and support those who make the choice to stay in whatever way they can. Your support is urgently needed: financial donations of any size are needed and would be greatly appreciated. Donations online are preferred because we can more quickly send the funds to our folks in New Orleans.

Or you can write a check directly to WHJI and send it to: PO Box 51325 New Orleans, LA 70151


Your donation will go directly to supporting the hundreds of low income women of color that are the constituency of the New Orleans Women's Health Clinic. 

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This serves as a reminder ...

... that when you hear reports about the American Red Cross begging for donations ... do the people of New Orleans a favor and don't bother giving to them. The Red Cross is really not all that different from a big corporation. By the time their "expenses" are met, the people who need help from them the most really don't get all that much. Your money will go further to help if you focus on donating to New Orleans and area-based grassroots groups/chapters such as INCITE! --and any others that can be found in just a few web searches. These grassroots groups know the people, know what is most needed for them, and will use your dollar$ without having to meet many other expenses. So ... before you give ... do your homework. If you don't have the time to, at least try to help INCITE!